Patek Philippe 5496R-001

As one of the oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer, the independence ensures Patek Philippe to be absolutely free and creative. Founded in 1839, the tradition and unique heritage that Patek Philippe carries on is the rigorous and meticulous attitude towards watchmaking. The incomparable quality and workmanship have passed on to this day. As one of the most prestigious watch manufacturers in the world, Patek Philippe is not just a brand with long history. They also devote themselves to innovation. They have confirmed their pioneering role by “filing over 80 patents, including twenty of major importance to the history of horology.” What makes Patek Philippe more unique is the rarity and aesthetics of their watches. The watches are only produced in small series of between 10 and several hundred to make sure every single one of them is elaborately made following rigid standards. Thus, Patek Philippe retains its value over the years.

In 2015, Patek Philippe introduces a timepiece combining tradition and innovation from their Grand Complication series—5496R-001. With a 39.5mm rose gold case, this watch features mechanical self-winding movement powered by Caliber 324 S QR. The hand-stitched shiny chocolate brown alligator strap with square scale adds the impression of luxe and antique. Nevertheless, the non-traditional perpetual calendar functions are shown on the silvery opaline dial: a moonphase display at 6 o’clock position; three window displays that show day, month, and leap year are at 9 o’clock, 3 o’clock, and 12 o’clock respectively; a retrograde date hand that moves backwards between 7 o’clock and 4 o’clock.  The arrangement of all the functions on the dial is neat and clear at a glance, while the vintage look and high quality makes this piece an eternal classic.